Gov. Edwards declares March 10 Suddenly Sleepy Saturday

BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - Governor John Bel Edwards has signed an official proclamation designating Saturday, March 10 as Suddenly Sleepy Saturday. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of narcolepsy, a sleep disorder which affects one in every 2,000 people in the United States. 

Some of narcolepsy’s key symptoms are excessive daytime sleepiness, sleep attacks, sudden micro sleeps, and disrupted nighttime sleep. Suddenly Sleepy Saturday is the day before Americans turn their clocks ahead one hour for daylight savings time, a time when even those who do not have narcolepsy may experience sudden sleepiness or daytime drowsiness, just as people with narcolepsy do every day. 

The proclamation was requested by Michael Hoppe of Baton Rouge, who worked in collaboration with Narcolepsy Network, a nationwide nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting people with narcolepsy, raising awareness about narcolepsy, and promoting research for treatment and a cure for this serious neurological sleep disorder.

Hoppe requested the proclamation because he was recently diagnosed with Narcolepsy and hopes to improve public understanding of the disorder. Misconceptions and low awareness of Narcolepsy perpetuate delays in proper detection and diagnosis.

For more information about narcolepsy and Narcolepsy Network, visit www.narcolepsynetwork.org.


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